Lives of the fellows

Alexander Rhead

b.? d.October 1641
MD Oxon(1620) FRCP(1623/4)

Alexander Rhead, MD, a Scotchman, and, as Wood says, “a brother of the Barber Chirurgeons,” in whose hall he had delivered lectures on anatomy and surgery, was on the 29th May, 1620, actually created doctor of medicine at Oxford, in the house of convocation, by virtue of letters from king James I. Having undergone the examinations at the College of Physicians, he was, on the 22nd December, 1621, admitted a Candidate, and a Fellow 3rd March, 1623-4, about which time, he was incorporated at Cambridge. Dr Rhead died about the middle of October, 1641, and was a liberal benefactor to the College, bequeathing to it by will 100l to ornament the Anatomical Theatre.(1) Wood, from the fact of his bequeathing 200l and all his books to Marischal college, Aberdeen, infers that he had been there educated.

Dr Rhead’s works are -
A Description of the Body of Man, by artificial figures representing the Members, &c. Lond. 8vo. 1616.
Chirurgical Lectures of Tumours and Ulcers. Lond. 4to. 1635.
Treatise of the first part of Chirurgery, which teacheth reunition of the parts of the body disjointed. Lond. 4to. 1638.
Treatise of the Muscles of the Body of Man. Lond. 4to. 1637.
The Manual of Anatomy, or the Dissection of the Body of Man. Lond. 12mo. 1638.
Approved Medicines and Remedies for the Diseases of the Body of Man, &c.

William Munk

[(1) Dr Hamey, recording his death, says – “Natione Scotus et Collegii nostril Socius, in chirurgicis et anatomicis sibi præcipuè placuit, eoque nomine Chirurgorum sodalito præfuit aliquamdiu, profuitque ac nostrum theatrum, quod iisdem exercitiis dedicatur, beneficentiâ suâ moriturus, aptius ornatiusque reddidit, circa Idus Octobris, 1641.”]

(Volume I, page 183)

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